Sitar teacher Usha Verma, M.A., LSW, graduated with distinction from Punjab University in Chandigarh, India with a Masters of Liberal Arts specializing in Music. She was a Music Professor for 6 years at Arya College in Ludhiana, India where she taught practicum and theory in instrumental music. Her students performed at various cultural programs, competitions, and music festivals.
In 1982, Usha immigrated to the United States and raised her family. She continued to give Sitar performances at various venues, including the Worcester Art Museum, the Worcester Ecotarium, Mechanics Hall and for live radio broadcasts and multiple Indian cultural events.
From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Verma taught Indian Classical Music on Sitar to students at Learn-Quest school of Music in Waltham, MA. Additionally, she gave private Sitar lessons to students representing a wide range of abilities and ages. Ms. Verma also gave voice -lessons, teaching students devotional songs, lyrics and their meanings using Indian Semi-Classical Music.
Ms Verma is also a licensed social worker who has worked several years serving elders in the local community and assisting adults with special needs. She has been an active member of the India Society of Worcester where she has served as the Chairperson for the Crisis Center for more than 10 years.